Lighting is an incredibly important aspect to consider when you are upgrading your kitchen. It is surprising how choosing kitchen lighting can affect the feel of your kitchen, as different levels can change the atmosphere and usability. Correctly illuminating your kitchen is imperative for practical reasons, such as having a space bright enough to safely prepare food. We have picked out a few options to help you find the right one for your cooking area.
Classic pendant lamps add personality and a homely welcome to kitchens. These fixtures will bathe the room in a warm glow making them perfect for smaller spaces. In a larger kitchen, combine with spotlights or task lights to create individual ‘zones’ for food preparation, eating or entertaining.
Spotlights and Task Lights
Spotlights present a minimalistic and sleek look, and are equally at home in both modern and traditional settings. On top of aesthetic appeal, they are also incredibly useful for lighting up specific areas of your kitchen, making them great for high-use areas. Spotlights and task lights do not have to be mounted in the ceiling – consider utilising the underside of your cabinets or your extractor hood. Placing the lights in these locations can improve the brightness and usability of your spaces.
When choosing kitchen lighting, multi-directional fittings are a halfway house between pendants and spotlights. These lamps offer the ability to illuminate different areas of your kitchen while only having one fixing point in the ceiling. They are more affordable than spotlights but will still substantially brighten your kitchen. In the kitchen shown here, the stainless-steel lamps match the appliances, which reflect the light back into the room.
For a more opulent method of lighting up your room, nothing competes with a chandelier. Whilst it may not be the most energy-efficient way to brighten your kitchen, a candelabra is incredibly elegant and will evenly cast light across the room. To prevent your kitchen feeling small and cramped, it needs to be large enough to comfortably accommodate this feature.
This particular kitchen has a traditional feel, and the combination of cream cabinetry and green paint offers a country theme. If you love hosting special occasions or have an abundant source of natural light, a chandelier is the perfect choice.
Have you considered installing bulbs underneath your base cabinets? Plinth lighting is a unique way to add gleaming shine to your kitchen, instilling an elegant yet relaxed feel. This type of illumination can make your kitchen appear larger and more welcoming, with the light reflecting off the floor. This photo features a kit that can be retrofitted onto your existing plinths or our range of solid wood plinths.
Choosing kitchen lighting right can completely transform your cook space, and there is a perfect fitting for you whether you are looking to create ‘zones’ or more atmosphere. Which would you pick? Let us know below, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.